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Los Angeles Rams offseason wish list for fantasy

By Walton Spurlin
Feb 16, 2018

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Dec 10, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley (30) and quarterback Jared Goff (16) celebrate Gurley's touchdown in the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

To say new head coach Sean McVay had a nice debut in Los Angeles would be an understatement to say the least. The Rams won the NFC West for the first time since 2003 with an 11-5 mark and McVay was named NFL Coach of the Year. Touted as an offensive guru. McVay delivered on all counts as Los Angeles finished in the top 10 in overall, rushing, and passing offense.

It comes as no surprise then that second-year quarterback Jared Goff finished in the top-12 in fantasy scoring and Todd Gurley was the top running back last season. Goff proved adept at spreading the ball around as four players saw at least 70 targets, led by rookie WR Cooper Kupp’s 94. Goff would also spread the wealth in touchdown receptions, as four players posted five or more with Sammy Watkins leading the team with eight.

The Rams hit pay dirt by signing WR Robert Woods in free agency last year as he set a career high in receiving yards (781) and tied his career best in touchdowns (five) while playing just 12 games. Now they will have to decide whether or not to allow Watkins to walk in free agency.

Three additions we want to see for fantasy

Trey Burton, TE: The Rams got an up-close look at Burton’s skill set when he put up 5 receptions for 71 yards and a pair of touchdowns on them subbing for Zach Ertz (concussion) in Week 14. Burton would bring No. 1 tight end potential in 2018 if the Rams sign him.

Paul Richardson, WR: The speedy Richardson averaged 16.0 yards per reception in 2017 and would be a field-stretching deep threat for Goff. Richardson is coming off his best season, posting 44 receptions for 703 yards and 6 touchdowns.

Select a running back in the third round of the draft: Yes, the Rams have Todd Gurley, but the team might want to ease his workload as he’s averaged just over 300 touches during his first three seasons. This is a very deep draft for running backs and talent as well as productivity can be found in the third round (Los Angeles does not currently have a second-round selection).

PFF Fantasy’s offseason wish list calendar
AFC NFC
East East
Buffalo Bills Feb. 8 Dallas Cowboys Feb. 12
Miami Dolphins Feb. 17 New York Giants Feb. 20
New England Patriots Feb. 19 Philadelphia Eagles Feb. 21
New York Jets Feb. 20 Washington Redskins Feb. 25
North North
Baltimore Ravens Feb. 8 Chicago Bears Feb. 9
Cincinnati Bengals Feb. 10 Detroit Lions Feb. 13
Cleveland Browns Feb. 11 Green Bay Packers Feb. 13
Pittsburgh Steelers Feb. 22 Minnesota Vikings Feb. 18
South South
Houston Texans Feb. 14 Atlanta Falcons Feb. 7
Indianapolis Colts Feb. 14 Carolina Panthers Feb. 9
Jacksonville Jaguars Feb. 15 New Orleans Saints Feb. 19
Tennessee Titans Feb. 24 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Feb. 23
West West
Denver Broncos Feb. 12 Arizona Cardinals Feb. 7
Kansas City Chiefs Feb. 15 Los Angeles Rams Feb. 16
Los Angeles Chargers Feb. 16 San Francisco 49ers Feb. 22
Oakland Raiders Feb. 21 Seattle Seahawks Feb. 23

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